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The Top 25 Most Influential
Canadian Lawyer
Canadian Lawyer's Top 25 Most Influential in the justice system and legal profession in Canada is now in its sixth year. See who made this year's list in the following categories: government, associations, and non-profits — including courts, public inquiries, and officers of Parliament; changemakers; criminal and human rights law; the world stage; and corporate-commercial law.
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Strength not growth main results of international mergers
Law Times, online
When Montreal-based Ogilvy Renault LLP announced its plans to merge with UK-based Norton Rose and in 2012, when Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP declared its intention to join with SNR Denton and Salans, the implication with both seemed to be the moves were coming primarily out of a desire to take advantage of new growth opportunities.

Tough on crime
Canadian Lawyer
The media frequently portray the Supreme Court as actively thwarting the wishes of the government of Stephen Harper and his tough-on-crime agenda. But an analysis of decisions from the past few years shows that's not really the case.

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10-year limit on tribunal appointments could have serious negative impact
Law Times, online
The Ontario ombudsman has "serious concerns" about the possible impact of a rule putting a 10-year limit on the terms of administrative tribunal appointments, according to the annual report released by his office.

New CSA rules might mean fewer hostile takeover bids
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
This year, the Canadian securities regulator will propose significant changes to the takeover bid regime with the goal of providing target boards more time to respond, but will it serve to actually dampen merger and acquisition activity in the country?

LAO boosting funding for domestic violence victims
Law Times, online
Legal Aid Ontario is looking at boosting its services for domestic violence victims — and wants your opinion on what should be included in its expanded offering.



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Controversy dogs family med-arb
Canadian Lawyer
While mediation-arbitration in the family law context is a fairly recent phenomenon, there's been a growing controversy around its use. The thrust of the concern is that mediators, who are privy to a lot of sensitive information during the settlement phase of proceedings, should not later become arbitrators of the same case.

Advocates concerned about fate of betting bill
Law Times
With the recent Pan Am Games in Toronto, Ontario is likely losing money from bets placed either underground or offshore while a bill that would legalize single-sports betting in Canada languishes in the Senate, according to gaming industry professionals.

Law students help pipeline enthusiasts click through evidence
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Information surrounding Kinder Morgan's expansion project can be difficult to understand, let alone research for the public due to the extensive amount of data available on the ever-expanding pipeline from official sources such as the National Energy Board.

Lawyer awarded $1,000 for human rights breach
Law Times
The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has awarded Andrew Sprague $1,000 in damages over a security guard's treatment of him when he entered a mall with his service dog. Click
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Total ad ban a no go
Canadian Lawyer, editorial
The Law Society of Upper Canada is looking at making changes to the rules governing lawyer advertising. It has stirred up a hornet's nest.

Augmentation, not automation
Canadian Lawyer
In this month's Tech Support, Kate Simpson discusses how legal work can be deepened rather than diminished by a greater use of technology.


Trust is the crux of it all
Canadian Lawyer
In his Legal Ethics column, Philip Slayton notes that the optimal relationship between trust and the law is an ethical conundrum at the heart of legal service.

Bill C-51 challenge has silver linings for Conservative election prospects
Law Times
The Conservative government is heading back to court, where it usually loses, as it faces yet another constitutional challenge over one of its laws, writes Richard Cleroux in this week's The Hill.



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